Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself!
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
This production will be directed by Sam Weisberg, with music direction by Chris Larson and choreography by Barb Brauch.
Auditions are open to student actors who are currently in grades 6 through 12 (2018-2019 school year). Actors who wish to audition should come to their choice of one of the following two audition times:
- Monday, May 6 from 7:00-9:30
- Thursday, May 9 from 7:00-9:30
Actors do not need to prepare anything for their audition. Music selections and acting sides will be provided to all actors (and taught to them) while they are with us on one of those evenings.
NOTE: If you cannot attend either of the audition times, we will happily set up an alternate audition time for you. Please contact Sam Weisberg to set something up. We just ask that all auditions are completed by Thursday, May 9.
–> NOTICE <– Prior to your audition, actors and their parents must complete and submit the online URINETOWN ACTOR INFO SHEET. BWTC veterans will recognize this as a similar form to the paper one we have used for years. We recently switched to an online system so that we can collect your data in a more efficient way.
Callbacks for select actors will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 6:00-8:30 in the evening. A list of actors who are needed at callbacks will be posted on this page on Friday, May 10.
The final cast list will be posted here by Wednesday, May 15. We are looking to cast between 35-40 actors in this production.
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, June 10. They will take place from 9:00-4:00 daily (Monday through Friday) through Thursday, July 11.
All actors are expected to be available for every rehearsal, although they may not be needed at every single one.
We will have present eight performances of Urinetown, at which attendance is mandatory except in extremely rare circumstances. Those dates & times are as follows:
- Friday, July 12 @ 7:00pm
- Saturday, July 13 @ 7:00pm
- Sunday, July 14 @ 2:00pm
- Wednesday, July 17 @ 7:00pm
- Thursday, July 18 @ 7:00pm
- Friday, July 19 @ 7:00pm
- Saturday, July 20 @ 7:00pm
- Sunday, July 21 @ 2:00pm
The fee for an actor to take part in this production is $355, which is due to BWTC by Friday, May 31, unless alternate arrangements have been made. Those payments can be made by check or by credit card via a secure online payment site that will be emailed to parents and posted on this page once the show has been cast.
In addition, actors will be required to bring a separate cash/check deposit of $25 to the first rehearsal in order to be issued a script. That same $25 will be given back to the actor at the conclusion of the show once their script has been successfully returned.
Scholarships are available to families who need them. In order to apply for a scholarship, please contact Sarah Irwin(BWTC’s Managing Director). Please note that in order to be considered for a scholarship, Sarah must have your application on file before you show up to audition. We have a limited number of scholarships that we can give out for each show, and we may not be able to honor requests that are made after a show has been cast.
If you have questions specific to our production of Urinetown, please contact Sam Weisberg, the director of the show.
If you have any questions about Blue Water Theatre Company in general, please contact Charlie Leonard, Artistic Director & Founder